Living the Dream



Critic Consensus: Big Little Lies continues to flush out its leading ladies, but it's becoming clear that not everyone is "Living the Dream."

Episode Info

Madeline organizes a trip to compete with Annabella's birthday party to annoy Renata. Meanwhile, Celeste's roller-coaster relationship with Perry continues before their first therapy session with Dr. Reisman; Abigail's guidance counselor wants to meet with Madeline; Principal Nippal announces the theme for the fall fund-raiser; and Jane asks for Madeline's help with Ziggy's family-tree project.


Nicole Kidman
as Celeste Wright
Reese Witherspoon
as Madeline Martha Mackenzie
Alexander Skarsgård
as Perry Wright
Laura Dern
as Renata Klein
Adam Scott
as Ed Mackenzie
Zoë Kravitz
as Bonnie Carlson
James Tupper
as Nathan Carlson
Jeffrey Nordling
as Gordon Klein
Robin Weigert
as Dr. Amanda Reisman
P.J. Byrne
as Principal Nippal
Ivy George
as Annabella Klein
Kathryn Newton
as Abigail Mackenzie
Darby Camp
as Chloe Mackenzie
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Critic Reviews for Living the Dream

This episode is kind of a snooze compared to the first two- nothing new is introduced, it's just more developments of the plot elements we already know.

Apr 5, 2017 | Full Review…

The dynamics between these women, and their struggles with their own personal demons are much better television than any old murder investigation.

Jun 25, 2018 | Full Review…

It's not just the real estate porn or the melodrama or the highly defined costume design that makes it so good. It's the long, silent scenes allowing these actresses to just do their craft.

Jun 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Director Jean-Marc Vallée and writer David E. Kelley take all the attributes of the most impossible version of 'having it all' - great wealth, beauty, precocious kids, beachfront property - and twist them into horror

Aug 30, 2017 | Full Review…

It traffics in sudsy moments that feel a world away. Yet it also trades in a sober truth: that everything parents do affects their children's lives in some way. It's also boldly unafraid to show how men can harm women.

Apr 5, 2017 | Full Review…

Big Little Lies continues to hold my attention, bringing up discussion points about friendship, marriage and raising children, among other things. Life is hard, you guys. Let's never forget that.

Apr 5, 2017 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Three weeks in, the layers of the story are beginning to meld together in a really gorgeous way thanks to the all-star performances at the center.

Apr 5, 2017 | Rating: 8.2/10 | Full Review…

Ooh, it's getting real in Monterey, and not even your favorite Disney characters are safe. It's the third episode of Big Little Lies, titled "Living the Dream," and those perfect little lives are unraveling, and quickly.

Apr 5, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Here's what Big Little Lies gets, and it's even more compelling than its murder mystery: It's the fact that being a mother is really, really hard, and the hardest things are the ones you could never have predicted.

Apr 5, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

In this week's episode, all the Big Little Liars seem desperate to understand the decisions made by their younger selves.

Apr 5, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…